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Stay Smart Online | 15 February 2016

ALERT: Bank phishing scam in Australia and NZ

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is warning all mobile phone users of a persistent and sophisticated SMS phishing campaign currently underway that is targeting mobile banking customers in both Australia and New Zealand. The SMS messages are short and t...

Stay Smart Online | 02 February 2016

ALERT: Firefox update fixes several critical vulnerabilities

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Mozilla has released updates to its Firefox web browser to address several critical issues. The updated versions address vulnerabilities in Firefox 44 and earlier, and Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) version 38.6. One of these vulnerabilities allows attackers to create...

Simon Howard, Director and Principal Security Consultant, ZX Security Ltd | 29 January 2016

Monitoring Your Digital Presence – ZX Security

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People love putting information about themselves and the organisations they work for online, without understanding the consequences. It never used to be this way, but slowly over time, we are all exposing ourselves digitally. You can probably thank social media as the driving force for this erosion

National Cyber Security Centre | 20 January 2016

ALERT: NCSC name used in new twist on telephone scam

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Telephone scammers have used the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) name in a new twist on a known scam. The NCSC has received a report of scammers telephoning a private number alleging the subscriber has been visiting “illegal websites”, and seeking personal information such as physical addres...

Stay Smart Online | 14 January 2016

ALERT: Software providers update products to address security flaws

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Software providers including Microsoft, Adobe, Apple and Mozilla have released updates to address vulnerabilities in their widely used products. Microsoft has issued its January 2016 Security Bulletin summarising bulletins released for the month. These bulletins advised of ni...

Stay Smart Online | 12 January 2016

ALERT: Scammers using CEO addresses to rip off companies

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Scammers are reportedly claiming to be corporate CEOs in email scams designed to steal up to hundreds of thousands of dollars from targeted companies. Stay Smart Online has received a report that scammers misrepresenting themselves as corporate CEOs are sending fake emails to...

Stay Smart Online | 18 December 2015

ALERT: Protect social media with two-factor authentication

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Recent reports claim Twitter is warning certain users they may have been targeted by state-sponsored attacks that attempt to extract details such as email addresses and phone numbers.  While the number of users reportedly involved is quite small, the issue serves as a reminder that users and busines...

Stay Smart Online | 16 December 2015

ALERT: Small businesses are warned to be aware of new ransomware techniques

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Online criminals are using new, more malicious techniques to pressure victims of information theft to pay a ransom to unlock illegally encrypted computer files. Malicious software, that can lock your files using encryption (known as ransomware), can inadvertently be installed on your computer by cl...

10 December 2015

Public-Private partnership to build for cyber secure NZ

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An increased emphasis on working with the private sector and expanded Connect Smart public-private partnership are key components of New Zealand’s refreshed Cyber Security Strategy, launched by Minister Amy Adams this evening.

National Cyber Security Centre | 03 December 2015

ALERT: Exploit Kit Activity in New Zealand


The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) advises that it is noting an increase in attacks employing a variety of known Exploit Kits which have infected websites in New Zealand.

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